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Looking for logos

Christine Ina Casillas

Designing a wrap for a minivan could get someone a summer’s worth of free tuition to the Gore Range Natural Science School. The Red Cliff school is now seeking submissions to jazz-up its new minivan, also known as the Earth Mobile.

“We’re getting people in the area to come up with a concept as a way to find out about the school,” said Carol Busch, development associate for the Gore Range Natural Science School.

The contest calls for a four-color design depicting mountain ecosystems, plants and animals. The creation will be wrapped around the school’s minivan.

“We don’t need logo of the full-sized bear on the minivan,” Busch said, referring to the school’s logo. “But people can do tracks of animals for kids to identify, as long as the kids can have some kind of interaction with the car.”

The Earth Mobile’s wrap should reflect the school’s mission of expanding environmental education and inspiring stewardship through its natural science programs, Busch said. The school uses fun and interactive projects to teach kids about the environment along with bringing the ecology and landscape of the mountains into the classroom, she said.

A panel of judges from local schools, organizations, and businesses will select the winning design, which Boulder-based Husky Signs and Graphics will convert into a full-size wrap.

The winning designer will receive free tuition for a year to the school’s adult natural history seminars or a $400 credit towards any 2004 summer youth program. The prize for a winning entry by a youth aged 15 to 18 is a $400 college scholarship.

Submission is open to full-time residents of Eagle or Lake counties and closes Jan. 23. Selection will be announced Feb. 6.

“It costs $85 an hour for a design company to do a wrap,” Busch said. “We thought a design contest for graphic artists would be more fun, and it will allow people to find out about our school.”

For more information, call the Gore Range Natural Science School at 827-9725, ext.10.

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